39 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965 415-332-4500
Free street parking in the neighborhood, but during busy times you may have to walk a few blocks. Open for Lunch (Wednesday-Sunday during Winter) and Dinner (seven days a week).
Rustico Restaurant (Closed)
In January of 2009 Rustico Restaurant had a sign on their window that said they would be closed for a few days, with no return date set. 3 weeks later the building was empty and there was a For Lease sign on the window… with Caledonia St. misspelled on the flyer! Sadly, the list of closed Sausalito restaurants has gained another member.
A small Italian restaurant aimed more at the locals than at visitors, the big draw at Rustico Restaurant is occasional jazz on the weekends. (Their next-door-neighbor DiVino has music on weeknights and weekends as well). The quality of the musicians in both venues can be very high, as the video above shows.
The bar area is classy and inviting, and the handful of tables next to the wood stove are a really nice place to sit on a cool night. If you call in your reservation in advance you can ask for one of these spots.. If you’re coming on a weekend call ahead to confirm that they’ll have live music on the night you plan to visit if this is an important part of your choice of restaurant. Rustico Restaurant’s food is typical Italian neighborhood fare, but on the pricey side for what you get. As of this writing their music schedule is not online.
The Rustico Restaurant sign was recently taken down, but they continue to operate normally pending a rumored name change — we’ll keep you posted. [As we now know, this was foreshadowing the bad news that was to come.]
Something else that people should know about Rustico Restaurant? If we took a weekend and helped them strip down the old fixtures would they change their name Shinyco? Disagree with any of our suggestions? Please let us know!